How To Install MongoDB 5.0 on Amazon Linux 2

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This article will walk you through installing MongoDB 5.0 on Amazon Linux 2. MongoDB is a NoSQL database server that is used to create current dynamic apps. It is a general-purpose, object-oriented, simple, and dynamic database server. In contrast to typical relational databases, which employ rows and columns, data items are kept as individual documents in a collection. MongoDB is designed in C++ for enormous scalability and flexibility, as well as developer-friendly querying and indexing.

Advantages of Using MongoDB

Below are the advantages of using MongoDB database:

  • As values, it accepts arrays and nested objects, allowing for flexible and dynamic schemas.
  • It’s simple to create queries that allow for hierarchical sorting and filtering, as well as aggregation, geo-location, time-series, graph search, and more.
  • Supports sharding, which divides big datasets into several dispersed collections, making querying easier.
  • Multiple storage engines are supported.
  • High scalability and flexibility are provided, as well as automated failover and data redundancy.
  • Provides a simple-to-learn and-use expressive query language.
  • Real-time analytics using ad-hoc queries.

MongoDB 5.0 New Features

The following are the new features offered by MongoDB 5.0:

  • There are a variety of cloud security technologies available.
  • The map-reduce procedure is being phased out.
  • Your applications are future-proofed with the Versioned API.
  • MongoDB Atlas is a serverless database.
  • Data redistribution that is seamless.
  • Allow for the configuration of auditing filters at runtime.
  • Resharding in real time.
  • Native time-series characteristics for storing sequences of measurements over a period of time in an effective manner.

MongoDB comes in two flavors: Community and Enterprise. The Community Edition is available for free download, but the Enterprise Edition is only available as part of the Mongo Enterprise Advanced subscription. LDAP, Kerberos support, on-disk encryption, and auditing are all included in the Enterprise edition. It also offers full MongoDB development assistance.

How To Install MongoDB 5.0 on Amazon Linux 2

Follow the steps below to install MongoDB 5.0 on Amazon Linux 2.

Step 1 – Update Amazon Linux 2 Server

Let’s upgrade the operating system before we start the installation:

sudo yum -y update

Because kernel upgrades may be required, it is suggested that the system be rebooted following a successful upgrade:

sudo reboot

Step 2 – Add MongoDB 5.0 YUM Repositories

Create a /etc/yum.repos.d/mongodb-org-5.0.repo file so that you can install MongoDB directly using yum:

sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/mongodb-org-5.0.repo<

Confirm the repository is now available:

$ sudo yum repolist
Loaded plugins: dkms-build-requires, langpacks, priorities, update-motd
amzn2-core                                                                                                                                   | 3.7 kB  00:00:00     
mongodb-org-5.0                                                                                                                              | 2.5 kB  00:00:00     
mongodb-org-5.0/primary_db                                                                                                                   |  31 kB  00:00:00     
repo id                                                                      repo name                                                                        status
amzn2-core/2/x86_64                                                          Amazon Linux 2 core repository                                                   25,698
amzn2extra-docker/2/x86_64                                                   Amazon Extras repo for docker                                                        46
mongodb-org-5.0                                                              MongoDB Repository                                                                   35
repolist: 25,779

Step 3 – Install MongoDB 5.0 on Amazon Linux 2

Run the following command to install the most recent stable version of MongoDB:

sudo yum install mongodb-org

Accept installation prompt to proceed.

Dependencies Resolved

 Package                                               Arch                        Version                               Repository                            Size
 mongodb-org                                           x86_64                      5.0.2-1.amzn2                         mongodb-org-5.0                      6.1 k
Installing for dependencies:
 cyrus-sasl                                            x86_64                      2.1.26-23.amzn2                       amzn2-core                            87 k
 cyrus-sasl-gssapi                                     x86_64                      2.1.26-23.amzn2                       amzn2-core                            42 k
 mongodb-database-tools                                x86_64                      100.5.0-1                             mongodb-org-5.0                       47 M
 mongodb-mongosh                                       x86_64                      1.0.5-1.el7                           mongodb-org-5.0                       42 M
 mongodb-org-database                                  x86_64                      5.0.2-1.amzn2                         mongodb-org-5.0                      6.2 k
 mongodb-org-database-tools-extra                      x86_64                      5.0.2-1.amzn2                         mongodb-org-5.0                       11 k
 mongodb-org-mongos                                    x86_64                      5.0.2-1.amzn2                         mongodb-org-5.0                       19 M
 mongodb-org-server                                    x86_64                      5.0.2-1.amzn2                         mongodb-org-5.0                       27 M
 mongodb-org-shell                                     x86_64                      5.0.2-1.amzn2                         mongodb-org-5.0                       15 M
 mongodb-org-tools                                     x86_64                      5.0.2-1.amzn2                         mongodb-org-5.0                      6.0 k

Transaction Summary
Install  1 Package (+10 Dependent packages)

Total download size: 151 M
Installed size: 542 M
Is this ok [y/d/N]: y

Also agree to import the GPG key:

Total                                                                                                                                                                  71 MB/s | 151 MB  00:00:02
Retrieving key from
Importing GPG key 0xE2C63C11:
 Userid     : "MongoDB 5.0 Release Signing Key "
 Fingerprint: f567 9a22 2c64 7c87 527c 2f8c b00a 0bd1 e2c6 3c11
 From       :
Is this ok [y/N]: y

To install a specific version of MongoDB, provide each component package individually and attach the version number to the package name, as shown below:

sudo yum install -y mongodb-org-5.0.2 mongodb-org-database-5.0.2 mongodb-org-server-5.0.2 mongodb-org-shell-5.0.2 mongodb-org-mongos-5.0.2 mongodb-org-tools-5.0.2

Now, check the installed MongoDB version:

$ mongod --version
db version v5.0.2
Build Info: 
    "version": "5.0.2",
    "gitVersion": "6d9ec525e78465dcecadcff99cce953d380fedc8",
    "openSSLVersion": "OpenSSL 1.0.2k-fips  26 Jan 2017",
    "modules": [],
    "allocator": "tcmalloc",
        "distmod": "amazon2",
        "distarch": "x86_64",
        "target_arch": "x86_64"

Step 4 – Configure MongoDB on Amazon Linux 2

We need to make a few configurations now that MongoDB 5.0 has been properly deployed.

Start and Enable MongoDB Service

To begin, we must first start and enable the mongod service, as seen below:

sudo systemctl start mongod
sudo systemctl enable mongod

Now, check the status of the service:

$ systemctl status mongod
● mongod.service - MongoDB Database Server
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/mongod.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
   Active: active (running) since Fri 2021-08-27 16:58:03 UTC; 2min 24s ago
 Main PID: 3939 (mongod)
   CGroup: /system.slice/mongod.service
           └─3939 /usr/bin/mongod -f /etc/mongod.conf

Aug 27 16:58:01 vagrant systemd[1]: Starting MongoDB Database Server...
Aug 27 16:58:01 vagrant mongod[3936]: about to fork child process, waiting until server is ready for connections.
Aug 27 16:58:01 vagrant mongod[3936]: forked process: 3939
Aug 27 16:58:03 vagrant systemd[1]: Started MongoDB Database Server.

Secure MongoDB instance

The MongoDB 5.0 database has no password and is freely accessible after installation, we must secure it.

Edit mongo.conf file as shown below:

sudo vim /etc/mongod.conf

Uncomment the #Security line in the conf file and replace it with the text below. In this file, keep in mind that the syntax is extremely essential.

  authorization: enabled

Then restart the service for changes to apply:

sudo systemctl restart mongod

Step 5 – MongoDB Enable Remote Access

MongoDB can only be accessed locally by default. If you want to be able to access the database from afar, modify the mongo.conf configuration file to include the MongoDB server IP address or hostname, as shown below.

# network interfaces
  port: 27017

Restart the mongod service after saving the modifications.

Step 6 – Using MongoDB 5.0 on Amazon Linux 2

By default, MongoDB listens on port 27017. You may use the following command to go to the MongoDB shell from localhost:

$ mongo

Output of the above command:

$ mongo
MongoDB shell version v5.0.2
connecting to: mongodb://
Implicit session: session  "id" : UUID("52f71ca4-a534-420b-bc16-0c4d95c476e2") 
MongoDB server version: 5.0.2
Warning: the "mongo" shell has been superseded by "mongosh",
which delivers improved usability and compatibility.The "mongo" shell has been deprecated and will be removed in
an upcoming release.
We recommend you begin using "mongosh".
For installation instructions, see
Welcome to the MongoDB shell.
For interactive help, type "help".
For more comprehensive documentation, see
Questions? Try the MongoDB Developer Community Forums

Create a User and Add Role in MongoDB 5.0

Create a user called mongouser, whose name you may modify to whatever you wish. After you’ve inserted the script below, you’ll need to assign a password to the newly created user.

> use admin

user: "mongouser",
pwd: passwordPrompt(), // or cleartext password
roles: [  role: "userAdminAnyDatabase", db: "admin" , "readWriteAnyDatabase" ]


Here is the sample output of the above code:

Enter password: 
Successfully added user: 
	"user" : "mongouser",
	"roles" : [
			"role" : "userAdminAnyDatabase",
			"db" : "admin"

Now exit the shell as shown below:

> exit

Then login to the created user above:

mongo -u mongouser -p --authenticationDatabase admin

List databases in MongoDB 5.0

Run the following command to list databases in MongoDB 5.0.

> show dbs
admin   0.000GB
config  0.000GB
local   0.000GB

Create a Database in MongoDB 5.0

In MongoDB, a new database is established by simply switching to a non-existing database and giving it a name. Let’s start by making a database called mydb.

> use mydb
switched to db mydb

Create a Collection in MongoDB 5.0

We may now add data to the database we built before. We’re going to make a table for the user information down below:

   F_Name: "fname",
    L_NAME: "lname",
    ID_NO: "34567",
     AGE: "32",
     TEL: "+2676745"

When we add the above data, we obtain the output below:

	"acknowledged" : true,
	"insertedId" : ObjectId("612927e2028719a727ac64f8")

Check the created table or collection above:

> show collections

Create a User with Read and Write Privileges

Use the following command to create a user with read and write capabilities in MongoDB:

use testdb
     user: 'myuser',
     pwd: '[email protected]',
     roles: [  role: 'readWrite', db: 'testdatabase'  ]


Successfully added user: 
	"user" : "myuser",
	"roles" : [
			"role" : "readWrite",
			"db" : "testdatabase"

Step 7 – Change MongoDB default Path on Amazon Linux 2

MongoDB keeps its data in the /var/lib/mongo directory by default. MongoDB may be configured to store data in a specific path, as illustrated below.

Before doing do, you need to to stop mongod.service first:

sudo systemctl stop mongod.service

Then, to store MongoDB data, establish a new custom path:

sudo mkdir -p /data/mongo

Set the ownership of the directory to mongod as below:

sudo chown -R mongod:mongod /data/mongo

Now, edit /etc/mongod.conf.

sudo vim /etc/mongod.conf

make the following changes in the file above:

path: /data/log/mongodb/mongod.log   #where to write logging data.
dbPath: /data/mongo    #Where and how to store data.
pidFilePath: /data/mongodb/  # location of pidfile

Step 8 – Configure SELinux for MongoDB on Amazon Linux 2

Now that we have changed the MongoDB path, we need to configure SELinux and its enforcing mode to allow MongoDB to access /sys/fs/cgroup.

We need to install Checkpolicy before we continue to configure SELinux:

sudo yum -y install checkpolicy

Make a new check policy using the following information.

cat > mongodb_cgroup_memory.te <

Now, compile and load the policy created above:

checkmodule -M -m -o mongodb_cgroup_memory.mod mongodb_cgroup_memory.te
semodule_package -o mongodb_cgroup_memory.pp -m mongodb_cgroup_memory.mod
sudo semodule -i mongodb_cgroup_memory.pp

Now that you’ve created a new check policy, load the three directories as follows:

 Log File Directory

To update the file and directory contexts, use the instructions below:

sudo semanage fcontext -a -t mongod_log_t '/data/log/mongodb/mongod.*'
sudo chcon -Rv -u system_u -t mongod_log_t '/data/log/mongodb/mongod.log'
sudo restorecon -R -v '/data/log/mongodb/mongod.log'

 PID Directory

Do it as shown below:

sudo semanage fcontext -a -t mongod_var_run_t '/data/mongodb/mongod.*'
sudo chcon -Rv -u system_u -t mongod_var_run_t '/data/mongodb/'
sudo restorecon -R -v '/data/mongodb/'

Data Directory

Update the data directory as shown below:

sudo semanage fcontext -a -t mongod_var_lib_t '/data/mongo.*'
sudo chcon -Rv -u system_u -t mongod_var_lib_t '/data/mongo'
sudo restorecon -R -v '/data/mongo'

Step 9: Update the Firewall

Now update the firewall as shown below:

sudo firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=27017/tcp --permanent
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Reload and start Mongod daemon as shown below:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl start mongod.service

If MongoDB fails to load, restart it by typing:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl start mongod


We learnt how to install the most recent MongoDB version, MongoDB 5.0, on Amazon Linux 2, as well as how to create users with particular roles and create and utilize databases in MongoDB, in this article. We hope you found this information useful.


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